2 Fellowships for Early Stage Researchers (ESR) Marie Curie for 36 months, starting from November 2013
The Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) was founded with the objective of promoting the country's technological development and further education in science and technology.
In this sense, in fact, IIT is committed to achieve its scientific program, which sees in the integration between basic scientific research and the development of technical applications, a major inspirational principle.
The research activities cover areas of science of high innovative content, representing the most advanced frontiers of modern technology, with wide application possibilities in various fields from medicine to industry, from computer science to robotics, life sciences, and nanobiotechnology.
The Center for Nanoscience and Technology@POLIMI (CNST) is one node of the network established by the Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia with Italian academies in order to foster synergy in the national research.
CNST has a focus on material science, and it is able to conduct the complete production line, from conceiving and realizing a new material to its application in devices, through a comprehensive characterization. The areas of competence are Material Chemistry, Molecular Electronics, Printed Electronics, Nanotechnology Fabrication and Optical – Photophysical - Morphological and Theoretical Characterization.
CNST is activating a procedure for the selection of n. 2 fellows (duration 36 months each) starting from November 2013 (IIT budget code: 68376 and 68377; IIT Project code: P56007), for the European Marie Curie project:
POCAONTAS – Polymer-Carbon Nanotubes Active Systems for Photovoltaics (PITN-GA-2012-633316)
The project aims to develop a technological platform for optoelectronics based on functional composites of highly puriﬁed carbon nanotubes and conjugated polymers. Single wall carbon nanotubes (SWNT) are ideally suited for photovoltaics due to their inherent stability, high carrier mobility and the tunability of optical gaps. These composites are integrated into prototypical devices using a novel nano-structuring technique of industrial interest. In particular the aim is to develop new architectures for carbon-based solar cells, integrating carbon nanotubes into the active materials in the hybrid solar cells technology.
The work will focus on the fabrication and optimization of solar cells and their optoelectronic characterization (Fellow 1 - Device fabrication and characterisation).
Time- (down to 10 fs) and spatially (down to 10 nm) resolved spectroscopies, corroborated with multi-scale quantum chemical modelling, will provide unique insights into SWNT-P interactions at the molecular level (Fellow 2 - Optical and spectroscopic characterisation).
Associated industrial partners provide industry internships for each ESR maximizing their career perspectives. IMDEA Nanoscience, an international and multidisciplinary research centre focused on advanced molecular nanoscience will coordinate and manage the project.
Interested applicants (please indicate Fellow 1 or Fellow 2) should submit a motivation letter, a detailed Curriculum Vitae and a reference letter/contact to: Annamaria Petrozza (
) within February 15th 2013.
Fellow 1 – Device fabrication and characterisation
The ideal candidate is a non-Italian PhD student, which has a master degree in Physics, Chemistry, or Engineering Science, interested in the booming field of carbon-based solar cells that is attracting a wide technological interest in the green power generation market.
- Good background in material science, chemistry and physics
- Laboratory skills (wetlab and device fabrication facilities)
- Fluent English
Fellow 2 - Optical and spectroscopic characterisation
The ideal candidate is a non-Italian PhD student, which has a master degree in Physics, Chemistry, or Engineering Science, interested in spectroscopy of organic materials.
- Good knowledge in solid-state physics
- Laboratory skills (optical and imaging setups)
- Fluent English
Graduate candidates interested in the positions may apply to the Politecnico di Milano PhD School (instructions can be found on the POLIMI website and, if successful, be enrolled as PhD students by Politecnico di Milano. Next call will be issued in Spring 2013, to start the PhD in Fall 2013.
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